Many of us may have heard of the importance of positivity but few can really tell why it’s important.
Barbara Fredrickson, a university professor in Psychology, discovered how negative emotions affect our minds.
In the experiment, participants were asked to tally some objects they listed. Results showed that participants with negative emotions named remarkably fewer than those with positive or neutral emotions.
The conclusion is, negative emotions do narrow our mind, forcing us to pick from limited options. This phenomenon is especially observable when we are in life-threatening situation, where we have to take immediate action.
So it’s really important to think positive.But… how?
- Start with your posture: sit up straight! It’s more than etiquette.
- Have a teaspoon in your pocket
- Instead of news, read something uplifting in the morning
- List 3 things you’re grateful for every day
- Use the app “Happify” to cultivate positivity scientifically
- Celebrate your small wins every day